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Poster: Edsel Date: Nov 26, 2011 8:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: who started this trend...?

I recall Jethro Tull playing the entire Thick As A Brick album at a show in the 70's. They played their first set, said "what do you wanna hear next ?" and popped out the entire album.

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Poster: Incornsyucopia Date: Nov 26, 2011 9:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: who started this trend...?

I think this became pretty common with the onset of progressive rock concept albums, in which each song is understood as only part of a larger whole. So yes, the Who performing Tommy might have been the first, but certainly Pink Floyd with DSOTM, Yes with Tales from Topographic Oceans and Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway in 1972-75. About the Lamb tour, I seem to remember an interview with Phil Collins or Tony Banks about how tired they got playing the same songs night after night with only the encore song changing.

I definitely think that one of the reasons that the Dead lasted as long as they did, was that though they played some songs pretty frequently at points, overall their set-lists always remained very fluid. Thankfully for us!